Swim Lesson Levels

Swim Lesson Levels

Level 1 - Intro to Water Skills –
We have 3 levels: low, medium and high (Compares to water acclimation at YMCA)
Enter and exit water using ladder steps for side, blow bubbles through mouth and nose, bobbing, opening eyes underwater, retrieving submerged objects, front and back glides and floats, recover vertical position, roll from front to back and back to front, tread water using arm and hand actions, alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front and back and combination of both.

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills –
We have 3 levels: low, medium and high (Compares to water movement at YMCA)
Gives participants success with fundamental skills. Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side, fully submerge and hold breath, bobbing, open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects, front jellyfish and tuck floats, front and back glides and floats, recover to vertical position roll from front to back and back to front, change direction of travel while swimming on front or back, tread water using arm and leg actions, combine arm and leg actions on front and back and finning arm action.

Level 3 - Stroke Development –
We have 2 levels: low and high (Compares to water stamina at YMCA)
Builds on the skills in level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water. Enter water by jumping from the side, headfirst entries from side in sitting and kneeling positions, bobbing while moving toward safety, rotary breathing, survival, and back float, change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back, tread water, flutter, scissor, dolphin, and breaststroke kicks on front, front crawl and elementary backstroke.

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement (Compares to stroke introduction at YMCA)
Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills. Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions, swim underwater, feet first surface dive, survival swimming, front crawl, and backstroke open turns, tread water using 2 different kicks, front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly, flutter and dolphin kicks on back.

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement (Compares to stroke development at YMCA)
Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke, tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely, front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly sculling.

Level 6 - Swimming and Proficiency (Compares to stroke mechanics at YMCA)
Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses, including the Water Safety Instructor, or other aquatic activities such as competitive swimming or diving.

 Swim Level
You must know the appropriate swim level in order to register for swim lessons. If you do not know what level your child should be in, contact Marge Klinzing at 329-2465.

Swimming Lesson Information:

  • Your child will be tested on the first day of class to determine if they are in correct level.
  • Bring swimming suit and towel with name on them.
  • You may watch the class from outside the fence.
  • All students receive a progress report on the last day of lessons.
  • Every effort is made to hold a class. In event of rain, some class time may be spent inside the bathhouse for summer school or canceled for Park and Recreation lessons.
  • Leah Houston is available to answer any questions or concerns about your child’s progress.